5th Unlock the Past Cruise – Part 1

We’ll the 5th Unlock the Past Cruise is underway, and having boarded the Marco Polo ship on Saturday 19th July, we are now currently up to day 3. As I have intermittent internet access onboard I’m not going to give detailed day-by-day happenings but rather an overview of what has happened so far.

On the Road Again …

I owe the title of this blog to Dick Eastman, as whenever he goes away he lets his readers know where he’s off to. That is what I’m doing in this post. Though technically it should probably be called “On the Sea Again … ” as I’m off on another cruise again, and hoping for some warmer weather.

Inside History Magazine – Issue 23 (Jul-Aug 2014) is Out Now

Inside History Magazine’s issue 23 has hit the shelves, and it is another page turner issue. Charles Darwin, Who Do You Think You Are? Australia, the Eureka stockade, British India, how to decode your family photos, and much more are included!

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.

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Buy Scottish Wills & Testaments Online With ScotlandsPeople Credits

ScotlandsPeople have changed the pricing and payment method for purchasing Wills & Testaments documents on their website. Instead of purchasing a Will & Testament through a separate transaction, these documents can now be viewed using ScotlandsPeople credits. As an introductory offer they have also reduced the cost from £5 to 10 credits …

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – G is For …

Welcome to another week in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. This week we are up to G. A few examples that we’ve had are: streets that ancestors have lived in, genealogy apps, ancestors and their achievements, stories of life and death, attributes for family historians, genealogy software, emigrants, historical photographs, food, websites, old documents


New FamilySearch Videos [VIDEO]

FamilySearch is one of the most used websites for genealogy research – and why not, it’s got the largest collection of genealogy records online (in the billions), and it is free, so who wouldn’t. But do you know just how FamilySearch works? And how best to search their website? FamilySearch has recently released two videos that discuss this massive collection of genealogical records, and will lead you to discover more about FamilySearch and their records.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – F is for …

We’ve done A, B, C, D, and E already – so that brings us to ‘F’ in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. I am intrigued to see what our participants and bloggers come up with for the letter ‘F’. We have really had wonderful posts from the bloggers, and comments via Facebook and Twitter for the previous letters. You guys are so creative, I love it.


MyHeritage Hits the 1 Billion Profiles Mark

MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced that it has reached the milestone of one billion profiles. The billion individuals in nearly 23 million family trees, created by the millions of families using MyHeritage worldwide


South Australian History Grants 2012-13 are Now Open

It seems to be the season for history grants, and now it is South Australia’s turn, as the South Australian History Fund grants for 2012-13 are now open. This annual fund, which totals $35,000 in funding from the Government of South Australia and is administered by History SA, has three categories: Projects, Publications and Research.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – E is for …

The Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge continues … and this week we’re up to ‘E’. I was initially stuck for ideas, but bit-by-bit I thought of a bunch of topics … a few that came to mind were England, emigration, the excitement of a find, or an Elizabeth in your family. It’s up to you and your imagingation, but I think you get the idea.


How is Genealogy Growing?

How is genealogy growing? This is an interesting question that GenealogyInTime Magazine has asked. It is a known fact that the interest in genealogy has increased over the past 5-10 years, largely because of online records and genealogy TV programs – but just HOW is it growing?


It’s Genealogy Magazine Reading Time

I love reading genealogy magazines. You pick up all sorts of hints, tips, news and websites from them. Anyway it does mean that bedtime reading is “genealogy magazine reading time”.


Victorian Community History Awards 2012 are Now Open

News from the Public Record Office Victoria is that applications for the Victorian Community History Awards for 2012 are now open. These Awards recognise excellence in historical method, and the range of award categories acknowledges that history can be told in a variety of formats with the aim of reaching and enriching all Victorians.


Guess Who’s Coming to Australia? … Audrey Collins is

Guess who’s coming to Australia? Audrey is … that’s right, Audrey Collins from The National Archives in the UK is coming out to Australia in June and July 2012. We’re super excited to have Audrey come to Australia to be a special guest presenter at the Unlock The Past Queensland Expo coming up in June, and she’s extending her trip to also visit Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Family History Through the Alphabet

Family History Through the Alphabet – D is for …

The weeks are flying by, and we’re already up to the letter ‘D’ in the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. I’m totally loving the creativity of those who are taking part, already there’s been emigrant ships, attributes, alphabets, home towns, war memorials, websites, convicts, heirlooms, and those very special ancestors. Now it is time for the letter ‘D’! So tell us what D is for …

Genealogy Australia

Findmypast.com.au New Website is Offically Launched

The BIG, EXCITING news just in, is that the brand new findmypast Australia website is live, and officially launched. Visit www.findmypast.com.au to see their fantastic new website including an exciting blog and findmypast family tree so you can build your family tree online! You also now have more choice with 6 and 12 month subscriptions and credit packages available. Stay tuned for details of brand new records and features coming really soon …